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London Bridge wins gold at Britain in Bloom awards

The secret garden alleyway at Gibbons Rents and the 'pocket park' outside the Greenwood Theatre have helped the London Bridge area win a gold award at the Britain in Bloom competition.

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One of the 'Fresh Air Squares' in the London Bridge area
London Bridge wins gold at Britain in Bloom awards
Sam Short and Charles Short (CJS plants), Henry Johnstone (Team London Bridge) and Ian Kavanagh (St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots) at the awards ceremony in Llandudno

Team London Bridge won the business improvement district (BID) category at the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom awards in Llandudno last week.

RHS judges visited the 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.

"London Bridge can justifiably be proud of its 2017 charter, including its development and building upon its strategic plan," said one of the judges.

"Working in partnership with the excellent St Mungo's Putting Down Roots project and numerous other agencies, major improvements have been made and are continuing to be achieved ... If ever there was the requirement to evidence the value of BIDs in the 'Bloom' campaign, then London Bridge is a place to visit."

Judges recognised Gibbons Rents with its "superb" alleyway landscaping and the Greenwood Theatre Pocket Park designed by Dame Zandra Rhodes and Joe Swift.

Victoria O'Dwyer received a Community Champion award for her work with Team London Bridge and St Mungo's homelessness charity.

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